We are queer (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) and straight hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. All orientations, straight and gay, are welcome as well as all gender identities and expressions.
ABOUT THIS HIKE:
Join Hiking With Pride for the Howl at the Super Wolf Moon Hike at William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain. This short 4.3 mile hike (round trip) with a moderate incline offers excellent moon-lit views of both Denver and the mountains to the west.
The moon rising on the night of January 20, has these characteristics:
1. It will rise at 446pm and become a full moon at 1016pm.
2. It is a Wolf Moon - the first full moon of the year
3. It is a Super Moon - as close as it get to the Earth
4. It will have a total lunar eclipse starting at 941pm (unfortunately, we have to be out of the park by 10pm) https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2019-january-21
CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain is within the city limits of Lakewood, CO.
MAP / PROFILE: See attached photos for the map and elevation profile. You can also view at https://caltopo.com/m/92AU and download a GPS track from that site.
DISTANCE & ELEVATION: Estimated 4.3 miles with 1,050 ft elevation gain / loss. Starting altitude is approximately 6,140 ft.
(4:46pm - Moonrise)
(5:05pm - Sunset)
6:00pm - Meet at Trailhead
6:10pm - Depart up the main Green Mountain Trail
(6:53pm - Last light / Astronomical Dusk)
8:30pm - ESTIMATED - Return to the parking lot
10:00pm - Park closes
WEATHER: This hike may be cancelled if the weather or trail conditions are not favorable. Check this posting for updates on the day of the hike.
RSVP POLICY: Please keep your RSVP status updated. Monday is a holiday for some! If the event is full & you "no-show" or cancel just before the event, I may ban you from my future events.
TRAILHEAD LOCATION: East parking lot at William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain, off W Alameda Pkwy, near W Florida Dr.
TRAILHEAD MEETING TIME: 6:00pm, on trail by 6:10pm
FIRST TIMERS: If this is your first meetup with Hiking With Pride, RSVP and then complete the short form following the link below. Organizers need to keep your emergency contact's information on file in case of an accident or other emergencies.
EQUIPMENT: This is a night hike! Be sure to bring:
+ Extra clothing for the cold.
+ Headlamp with fresh/extra batteries
+ Traction device for potentially icy or snowy trails. REI has many high quality / high price options, and Amazon has a multitude of options for under $20. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZRQVD3/ (My $15 basic chains have lasted almost 20 years with some minor repairs.)
DISCLAIMER: Your safety is your choice. Part of the fun in a group is learning new things about the outdoors. We share stories, tips and happily share our knowledge of gear and trails with others. Though we care about your well being is true, your personal safety is 100% your responsibility on a trip. The trip organizer provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the event together and has no responsibility or liability for the safety of participants.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner- about 4.3 miles round trip, moderate incline, variable trail conditions that will include snow & ice.
FITNESS LEVEL: Average - You should be active and able to spend 2-3 hours moving at a moderate 2mph pace with several short breaks. Be prepared for cold and wind. Carry a thermos of hot tea or soup.
PACE: We will be moving at a casual 2mph pace with short breaks.
MOBILE DEVICE ETIQUETTE: Please respect the nature of the outdoors. Use your phone as a camera, but enjoy the separation from the rest of the world. Please be considerate of others by turning off all audible alarms.
DOGS: Welcome on this hike, but must remain on-leash at all times. The group is not a search party for a dog which runs-off at night, off leash.